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To: Honorable Peter DeFazio
Chair, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
United States Congress
Dear Chair DeFazio:
We, the undersigned, support a dramatic shift in national transportation funding priorities from the automobile and car/truck infrastructure to bicycling, walking, public transit, and other related investments. As a good start, we specifically ask you to support the following provisions that will enable Americans to enjoy safe, healthy, and sustainable bike trips for short distances:
- $2.5 billion for bike network connectivity grants. A network of slow streets, bike paths, and protected bike lanes that reaches all destinations in a community is key to making bicycling practical and accessible for most people. The $250 million included in the draft proposal passed by the House of Representatives last year was far too little for this vital project.
- Double the size of the Transportation Alternatives Program that builds safer streets throughout the country.
- Subsidize e-bike purchases and bike share memberships nationwide.
Active transportation is essential to creating the net-zero carbon future laid out by the Biden administration. Electric automobiles are one element, but without ambitious investment in other forms of truly sustainable transportation, it simply won’t be possible to cut carbon emissions as steeply as necessary to avoid a climate catastrophe. Full funding for biking, walking, and transit in the transportation bill is the first step.